It may not have the high altitude majesty of the Alps, the predictable snowfall of North America or the consistently waist deep powder of Japan but when the sun’s out and there’s fresh snow on the slopes, The Lecht can be flippin’ epic place to ski. With safe cruisey runs, stunning scenery and an open, friendly, and optimistic vibe, The Lecht is ideal for everyone but particularly good for families with kids learning to ski.
The problem however is the snow – or should we say, the unpredictability of the white stuff.
However that could all be about to change with The Lecht’s new snowmaking project which aims to tackle the fickle nature of winter in Scotland and guarantee snow at the ski centre with four brand spanking new snow cannons and a specialised snow groomer.
Managing Director of The Lecht, Pieter du Pon explains: “There have always been good and bad snow seasons, but we would like to be able to rely on having more consistent snow conditions, and we now have an opportunity to be able to upgrade our snow making capabilities with a new project which we would like to introduce for this winter.
The key part of the project is to install 4 new automated, TF10 snow cannons that can make snow at just below 0℃ instead of the normal around -4℃. Back in January 2020 when there was a lack of natural snow, we still had 13 nights at -1℃ but only 1 night of -4℃ Although we have already installed a Snow Factory in 2018, which is able to guarantee cover on the nursery slopes regardless of the weather conditions, we want to be able to cover a lot more of the normal slopes and provide better coverage. Each new snow cannon makes as much snow in one hour as the factory makes in 24 hours, so with the four cannons and the right conditions we can increase our production from 4 cubic meters per hour, to 384 cubic meters per hour – which is huge.
These cannons will predominantly run at night when the centre isn’t being used and we can best use our wind turbine to provide the power to the cannons, turning green energy into white snow.
We have the offer of major support for the £400,000 project and now seek to raise £80,000 for the remaining amount through crowdfunding, and should we be successful, then any amount raised beyond that will also be put to purchasing additional snow making and maintaining equipment to improve the facilities for all to enjoy….”
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